Marta Kowalczyk has established herself as one of today's most highly regarded young violinists with a string of competition successes and extensive concert experience. She has performed around the world as a soloist and has collaborated with musicians such as Salvatore Accardo, Barry Douglas, Arto Noras, Antoni Wit and Bruno Giuranna. Her recent performance of the Penderecki's Sonata No.2 with Somi Kim was described as a 'great performance of a great work, powerfully argued and animated with a breathtaking range of colour, tone and inflection' by The Times.
Born in Poland, she began her violin studies at the age of 7. After graduating from the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw with Jan Stanienda, Marta completed a Master of Arts with Distinction and the Advanced Diploma in Performance course at the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with György Pauk. She is currently a student of Salvatore Accardo in the Stauffer Academy in Cremona.
Marta's most recent achievements include the Royal Philharmonic Society Award, J & A Beare Bow Prize, and in September 2015 the Grand Prix with two Special Prizes at the Ludwig van Beethoven International Chamber Music Competition in Poland. She is also winner of numerous prizes at international competitions, including the Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, and China International Violin Competition.
Recent appearances include her debut at Wigmore Hall giving the UK premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s La Follia for solo violin; a Columbia Artists Management Inc. USA tour performing the Sibelius and Wieniawski concertos; appearances with Sinfonia Varsovia at the Beethoven Easter Music Festival performing Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Arto Noras and Barry Douglas; concerts with the Polish National Philharmonic, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus and the Polish Radio Orchestra; and recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly, Berlin Radial Hall, Bratislava Philharmonic and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.
Marta has been chosen by the Concordia Foundation and the Worshipful Company of Musicians to perform at various venues in London in the 2016/17 concert season. She is a recipient of The Hattori Foundation Scholarship, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award, Oetker Scholarship, Stephen Bell Trust Award, Craxton Memorial Trust Award and The English-Speaking Union Scholarship.
South Korean born New Zealand pianist Somi Kim graduated in 2016 from the Royal Academy of Music with an Advanced Diploma in Performance, receiving the HRH Princess Alice The Duchess of Gloucester's Prize for exemplary studentship. Last year Somi gained her Master of Arts with Distinction, receiving a DipRAM and the Christian Carpenter Prize for the Best Recital. Somi is the winner of the Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists, AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Accompanist Prize, Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition Accompanist Prize, Vivian Langrish Memorial Trust Prize, Thomas Art of Song Accompanist Prize, Major van Someron-Godfery Prize for Accompanists and the Concordia Serena Nevill Prize.
Somi is sought after as a chamber musician, song accompanist and repetiteur. She is an artist for the Park Lane Group, Concordia Foundation and the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Somi is a scholar on the Samling Artist Programme and Georg Solti Accademia. This summer, Somi will appear as a staff pianist at the International Holland Music Sessions.
Somi's chamber group Estrella won the 6th Pettman/Royal Over-Seas League Arts International Scholarship. The grow released its first commercial CD 'Tui' with Atoll records in 2013. She made her debut with Chamber Music New Zealand in 2015 with Mimosa Ensemble. Somi has appeared in public masterclasses with Christian Gerhaher, Stephen Hough, Simon Trpceski, Helmut Deutsch, Florian Boesch, Bengt Forsberg, Pinchas Zukerman and Maxim Vengerov.
In recital, recent and future appearances include Het Concertgebouw, Slovak Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, St James's Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Edinburgh Fringe, Ryedale and Oxford Lieder festivals.